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's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling until the middle of may. that bill also requires members of the house and senate to pass a budget by mid-april or have their pay withheld. >>> well, it didn't take long for the dow to fall under 14,000, which it hit on friday. stocks taking their biggest dive of the year yesterday on worries about european issues. the dow lost 129 points and the nasdaq was down 48. >>> u.s. government is suing credit rating agency standard & poor's. the justice department says the company gave high ratings to risky mortgage bonds and those bonds then plunged in value and contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. s&p denies any wrongdoing and says the lawsuit is without merit. the government is reportedly seeking penalties of more than $1 billion. >>> and if you are the average american, about 4% of your weekly paycheck is going into your gas tank. a new government report finds that u.s. households spent an average of $2,912 on gasoline last year. we are using less gas because vehicles are more fuel- efficient but we're paying a lot mo
for the federal government's ability to borrow new money. the measure will suspend the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling until the middle of may. the bill also requires members of the house and senate to pass a budget by mid-april or risk having their own pay withheld. >>> the dow's bounce above 14,000 didn't last long. worry about europe dragged the market down yesterday, the biggest losses of the year. the dow was down 129. the nasdaq lost 48. in the previous session, the dow had hit its highest level in years. >>> the u.s. government plans to file a civil lawsuit against the ratings agency standard & poor's. the suit accuses the firm of giving high ratings to risky mortgage bond and led to the 2008 financial crisis. s&p says the suit is without merit. >>> medical marijuana has been legal in california since 1996. but now some cities are banning the dispensaries. a ruling will soon determine how far state law can go to protect their right to do business. the state supreme court will hear arguments today on whether local governments can ban them. right now a
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